CIA is not feeling well. Whilst we were in Zürich, she was on a blog vacation, and that explains why you’ve got so much PJD, and so little CIA. She planned to write a post tonight, but since she can’t, we developed a mini writing challenge. She picked out this picture from her cellphone, and I have had ten minutes to think about what I would write in response. I then have 20 minutes to write that response.
Here’s the picture:
And here’s the response:
We weren’t kidding.
Photo by CIA or PJD (it was definitely on PJD’s phone), after Zürich Openair
We had such a great time on the third night – Bloc Party (more on whom, later) blew us away; a soggy Mogwai had to finish early for safety reasons, which was very sad, but they delivered a set of ferocious intensity, before which, we tried to capture a sense of the muddy chaos produced by the torrential rain of the night before.
Nevertheless, Zurich Openair is a place of beauty, fun and adventure. Just don’t wear new shoes.
Photos by PJD, Samstag, Zurich Openair, 2012. Just wait until you get to see our shoes.
Photo by CIA, in Zürich Hbf
This week we’ve taken a straight-up approach to the challenge. Though one may argue if New York City still epitomises the urban, there is no doubt that in the early 20th century when the skyscraper was new, NYC was unquestionably the queen of all things urban. Some may favour the taller Empire State, but from this view (taken from outside the New York Public Library), we have no doubt at all that the best of all New York buildings is the Chrysler building. Its imperious spire, the Art Deco detailing, it really is a thing of urban beauty; all the more so with the gorgeous tree in front.
Photo by CIA, alone in New York, April 2012.
Tonight we found our new favourite band (of right now), Soulwax. Sometime between Soulwax and White Lies, we took this Openair panorama. At this point, it was a beautiful evening, later the skies opened up, but enjoy!
Photos by PJD, grateful that, for this first time in his adult life, he had a proper raincoat. For those who pay attention to these things, it’s the “warm vintage” setting on the HTC Desire S. Looks like instagram, I guess?
We can hardly contain our excitement!
Photo by CIA, Zürich Flughafen, 22.08.2012
If you have already read my post from yesterday, you will know that Slow Art at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm made a huge impression on both of us. I promised that today I would share with you the piece from the Slow Art exhibition that really stole the show for me. In fact, I think Mafune Gonjo‘s Beauty has a thorn is the most beautiful and innovative piece of sculpture I have ever seen.
Last week, PJD shared an in-depth glimpse into one of the art exhibitions that we have been most impressed with, ever. This was the incredible Slow Art exhibition at the Nationalmuseum, which we were lucky to find by chance when we were in Stockholm recently.
We were so surprised at the beauty of the pieces collected together in this small exhibition. In keeping with the theme, due to our captivation with what our eyes saw, we slowly took it all in.
Slow Art has really lingered in our minds; we have discussed many of the pieces we saw in the exhibition a number of times since we returned home to Leiden, reflecting on the fact that an overarching characteristic of the works was their exquisite beauty and uniqueness. So, today I thought I would share a few more of our favourite pieces. Sure, we loved them all, and the ones that PJD has already documented in his post were certainly amongst the most impressive. Yet, the depth of the quality in this small collection was quite astonishing, and these pieces really are quite something… Read more